It is only the pre-order so it is much too early to claim the album a success but the two pre-order tracks are solid. Who Shot Ya? a cover of Biggie's original comes at a time when it is important to readdress gun violence and realize the human toll of gun violence everyday in the United States. Come On, is the first origianl track that has been released to the general public and I like it. I am finding that I am developing a relationship to this song and finding personal meaning.
A few other tracks I have heard already, namely Preachin' Blues and Who's That, both live, which was a phenomenal treat during their Synesthesia tour in 2014 and Freedom of Expression (FOX) which was only available on their concert exclusive 25th Anniversary CD (Preachin' Blues is also on that album).
Bottom line is this, these guys will always speak from their heart and from my experience as a super fan, they will always speak with relevance to the issues of the day. Sadly, many of the issues that were ignored on Vivid, Time's Up, Stain, Collideoscope and even Biscuits and Dread (Japan only release I believe) are still very relevant issues today. Their entire library of music has a social conscience and they are not afraid of that. They stand up against popular opinion to increase persepctives. Language they use is meant to challenge our beliefs on matters such as race, racism, other ism's and even ourselves.
I am looking forward to this album, perhaps more so than I have looked forward to any of their previous save for Collideoscope, which was the first album I bought upon returning home from the invasion of Iraq. My only wish in regards to LC's music, their message and in their voice, is that I hope they find that broader audience because they deserve it, but we need to listen to socially responsible tracks and we need to hear this type of music from a number of different artists to increase the spectrum of our understanding on what it means to be human.
I hope you give this album a try, listen to it, listen to it again and maybe one or two more times for good measure. If you are fortunate enough to see LC live in concert, you are in for a treat and if you are in Seattle, look for me, front and center with the biggest smile and thrashing in unison with the beat, the riffs and the remarkable rythms and lyrics. Enjoy!
Now that I've listened to the whole album, I love it!!! It's right up there with Time's Up and Stain, it's a blues, grind, funk, rock, metal, rap, mother [email protected]
Even better, every song has a strong social message. Layers of meaning as richly nuanced as Living Colour's unique sound. No one can touch this band but everyone should listen!